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AROUND THE WNBA Saturday's other games



Published: Sun, August 5, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sting 54, Comets 49

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allison Feaster hit four free throws over the final 12 seconds to lead Charlotte to victory over Houston, snapping the Sting's eight-game losing streak to the Comets. Feaster, who set the Sting record for consecutive free throws on Friday night when she made her 33rd straight, was only sent to the line twice against Houston. The first time came with 12.8 seconds left and the Sting clinging to a 50-49 lead. She calmly hit both shots, then after a Houston miss, she got the rebound, was fouled and sealed the win by making two more with 7.7 remaining. Feaster finished with 13 points and extended her consecutive free throw mark to 37 straight. The Sting, who started the season 1-10, improved to 14-14 -- marking the first time they've been at .500 since they were 1-1. They improved to 2-10 lifetime against Houston, beating the Comets (17-10) for the first time since Aug. 16, 1997. Andrea Stinson added 11 points for Charlotte and Dawn Staley scored 10. Janeth Arcain led Houston with 20 points. The Comets were without All-Atar forward Tina Thompson, the league's second-leading scorer at 20.9 points, who sat out the game with an ankle injury. They missed her offense early in the first half, when the Comets missed nine straight baskets and 13-of-14 while falling into an 18-5 deficit The Sting, who shot 50 percent in the first half, pushed their lead to 27-11 with diving steals and behind-the-back passes.

Shock 70, Fire 65

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Edwina Brown scored 15 points and Wendy Palmer added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Detroit Shock beat the Portland Fire. Portland lost its sixth straight game, matching a franchise record set June 6-20, 2000. Portland (11-15) built a 43-29 lead early in the second half before the Shock (8-19) rallied. Barbara Farris hit two free throws to cap a 23-9 run, as the Shock took a 52-51 lead with 11:38 remaining. Portland's Sophia Witherspoon missed a chance to tie the game when she misfired on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left. Detroit's Jae Kingi hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Starzz 65 Fever 54

SALT LAKE CITY -- Margo Dydek scored 16 points as the Utah Starzz extended their franchise-record winning streak to seven games, beating the Indiana Fever. Natalie Williams had 10 rebounds and Adrienne Goodson added 13 points as the Starzz (16-11) move into a tie with Sacramento for third place in the Western Conference. Utah is one game behind second-place Houston (17-10), which lost 54-49 to Charlotte on Saturday. Jennifer Azzi matched her career-high with 10 assists for the Starzz.

-- Associated Press




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